“As a local business in Pike and Wayne counties,” said Scott Van Gorder, “we value the importance of Black Bear and other cultural institutions. The festival, its patrons and its sponsors are good for our business and good for our communities.”
Now in its 18th year, The Black Bear Film Festival is held every fall in Pike County, PA. Its mission is to support and promote innovative, independent films.
Guests at the reception in our Milford furniture showroom enjoyed wine, cheese, coffee, and treats as BBFF’s Bob Keiber previewed some of the film festival’s 2017 initiatives. He highlighted the return of BBFF’s Schools Partnership Initiative, which was launched last year with more than 12 student films showcased during festival weekend.
Black Bear Film Festival 2017
Leading up to the 2017 film festival, slated for October 20 through 22 in Milford, BBFF will provide films, events, workshops and programs throughout the year.
“We’ll always remain focused on the October festival weekend,” said Keiber, “but as we form partnerships with regional schools, merchants, and other community organizations, we all see the benefits of making Black Bear a year-round part of the community fabric.”
The Patrons Den membership club was launched last year by Barbara Buchanan and BBFF Board Member Will Voelkel as a means of welcoming festival patrons into a members’ club with benefits including previews, passes, special events and discounts.
Autumn is a great time to tour the small towns of the Pocono and Catskill Mountains along the scenic Upper Delaware River where our three big showrooms are located:
Milford, 321 Water Street
Honesdale, Church and 6th Streets
Lake Wallenpaupack, Route 6
Visit us in Milford, PA for Fall Fun!
Our newest showroom in Milford, PA is filled with the finest selection of classic and rustic brand furnishings for every room of your home. Plus, we’re having a storewide sale during Columbus Day weekend!
As if that’s not enough, you can also say hi to the newest addition to our Milford team: Tube Dude. He’s always ready to welcome you with a smile!
Milford is quite a bustling little town, with lots of festivals and events during every season. So, you can always plan a day trip to the village and visit us on your travels. Here are a few autumn events to consider…
Black Bear Film Festival
The Black Bear Film Festival is like Hollywood on the Delaware. It recognizes Milford’s rich heritage as a filmmaking location — back in the days of silent movies Zane Grey, D.W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish and John Barrymore visited the town while shooting on location.
This year, from October 14 through 16, Milford will turn into a modern film lover’s dream. The festival will feature three days of independent movies to entertain, educate, inspire and celebrate the art of filmmaking.
Most movies are screened in the historic Milford Theatre. You might even catch a glimpse of some celebrity guests! There is also a free Film Salon and selections appropriate for children.
Toast to Milford
On Saturday, October 22 you can taste, toast and tour your way around beautiful Milford, PA during a Toast to Milford. Businesses throughout town will offer complimentary tastings of craft beers, cuisine, cocktails, coffee, sweet treats, teas, olive oils and more. You’ll experience all that Milford has to offer!
Be sure to stop by Van Gorders’ Furniture from 1:00 to 4:00 pm that day to enjoy wine and light snacks in our Milford, PA showroom.
Did you know that at Van Gorders’ Furniture we offer a wide selection of quality American-made brands? That’s right. Made in the USA.
Come on in and check it out!
Visit any of our three big showrooms in Milford, Honesdale, or at scenic Lake Wallenpaupack, in PA. You’ll find beautiful classic and rustic furnishings for every room of your home. Living room, dining room, bedroom, bar, and patio. And, that’s not all!
This American-made furniture is of superior value. It looks better because it is better. It’s made in the USA and it does not cost more.
Stop by one of Van Gorders’ three welcoming showrooms this Labor Day weekend to compare, and enjoy storewide savings. You’ll soon see that our 80-year-old family-owned business is not at all like the cookie cutter big box stores.
Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are ready to answer your questions. But there’s never any pressure, just a relaxing shopping adventure.
Each of our showrooms feature Sealy Posturepedic and Stearns & Foster mattress galleries. You can test out the mattress that’s right for you. And, save hundreds of dollars on America’s premier luxury mattress.
Plus, you’ll find a La-Z-Boy Comfort Studio at our historic flagship store in downtown Honesdale. We feature the best recliner prices in the northeast.
Get your La-Z-Boy recliner or sectional in time for football season!
For more information, visit us online or call one of the showrooms at 570-296-9610, 570-253-1860 or 570-226-9726.
Celebrating 80 Years
Be sure to enter the Van Gorders’ Furniture Facebook contest. It runs monthly through 2016 in honor of our 80th year in business!
It’s interesting to note that a selection of the quality American-made rustic furniture that we carry is constructed from salvaged old growth barnwood timbers reclaimed from structures out west. Each piece of rustic barnwood furniture tells a story of America’s history. Materials with the right look and quality are handpicked and recycled into beautiful furniture that carries timeworn greys and brown tones, saw marks, nail holes, exposed joinery, and metal work that makes it one-of a-kind.
Back in the day, when the barns were first constructed, a 2 x 4 actually measured 2 inches thick, and the tight-grained wood from ancient trees cut on a circle sawmill maintained the tell-tale half circle marks from the blade. Those kinds of quality timbers aren’t available in the new lumber produced today.
Heirloom Quality Barnwood Furniture
Reclaiming old growth timbers to construct rustic barnwood furniture produces bold, sturdy pieces that are built to last. Owning a piece of barnwood furniture ensures that you will have something beautiful to pass on from generation to generation.
Each piece is unique, with a natural patina that only Father Time and Mother Nature can create. Support beams that once sustained the weight of the season’s hay stocks are transformed into massive dining room table legs or bedposts. Antique roof trusses and siding boards are reimagined into doors, drawers or table tops.
Bring the Outdoors Inside
At Van Gorders’ Furniture, we maintain a deep respect for the majesty of the great outdoors as well as the many fine traditions that are part of our nation’s past.
With the bands booked and the stages being set, organizers of Milford Music Festival’s 15th annual event proudly announced their most music-filled weekend to date!
From June 24th to the 26th there will be more than 60 musical acts in 30 different venues throughout the town of Milford Pennsylvania, and it’s all free and family-friendly.
As part of the festival, Van Gorders’ Furniture will present Little Sparrow performing at our Milford showroom, at 321 Water Street (Route 2001), on Saturday, June 25, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM. Stop by to hear some Americana 60s rock, bluegrass, country and jazz.
Little Sparrow has been performing in the Upper Delaware River region since 2008. The band is comprised of Aldo Troiani on mandolin, guitar and vocals; Carol Smith on guitar and vocals; and Lester Wilson on bass. They recently added Jay Ganz on Peal Steel guitar; Van Manakas on fiddle and guitar; and Mike Cervone on drums.
Over the years Little Sparrow has invited dozens of accomplished musicians to perform with them, including Thurman Barker, Ron Penska, Brewster Smith, Doug Rodgers, Lynn Reno, Chip Forelli, Sara Hulse, Jim Stickler, Jesse and Larry Kitzmiller, Ralph Housman, Herb Clay, Kurt Knuth, Fred Scholl, Barry Wiesenfeld, Steve Schwartz, Mike Cervone, Greg Fiske and Leroy Seals, and Dan Engvaldsen. Whether as guest musicians or emeritus players, all of these musicians have helped to define the band’s free spirited musical style.
Music Festival Highlights
Highlights of Milford Music Festival 2016 include Friday night’s performance in The Foundation Room of the Columns Museum, featuring 3 acts as varied as blues, folk, roots and indie rock. The free show starts at 7pm.
On Sunday morning, the Milford Farmers Market at The Grotto Restaurant will host garage rock artist Francie Moon followed by the kick-off to Music in the Park’s summer series in Ann St Park.
One very special thing about the Upper Delaware River is its clean water, which supports a healthy ecosystem while providing gorgeous scenery and many recreational opportunities like fishing, swimming and boating.
We are so grateful for all that the river provides to people, animals and plants, and we recognize how important it is to keep its waters clean. This is one of the reasons our own Scott Van Gorder has been volunteering with our local land trust, the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, for so many years. The Conservancy is dedicated to conserving the natural heritage and quality of life in the Upper Delaware River region in partnership with landowners and communities.
Clear Choices, Clean Water
One way that you can show your support for the clean water of the Upper Delaware River is by taking a quick and easy online pledge to help protect it — and other local lakes, rivers, and streams — from pollution.
Once you select your area of interest, click on Make a Difference, TAKE A PLEDGE and follow the prompts from there.
You can even view a cool map that shows how many of your friends and neighbors have taken the pledge, and the impact their actions are having on nearby rivers and streams.
Through June 27, 2016 every pledge will be entered to win an Old Town Heron 9′ kayak, generously donated by Alice’s Wonderland.
Clear Choices, Clean Water: My Delaware River is a cooperative effort among the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlands Conservancy, Pocono Heritage Land Trust, Pocono Environmental Education Center, and Brodhead Watershed Association.
Will you be the next lucky winner of an $80 gift certificate for Van Gorders’ Furniture?
Our April contest is coming up on the 15th so be sure not to miss it.
Take a video tour of the Van Gorders’ Furniture showrooms to see our outstanding selection of classic and rustic furniture brands for every room of your home. Sofas, love seats, chairs, dining room tables, outdoor furniture, dressers, desks, bedroom sets, night stands, and more. We have what you need to fit your space and your budget!
Plus, all three showrooms feature Sealy Galleries where you can test out quality mattresses to help you get the good night’s rest you deserve.
We always offer the lowest prices around on Sealy Posturepedic and Stearns & Foster!
Eighty years ago, Van Gorders’ Furniture began business as the Honesdale Furniture Exchange. Founder Ralph Van Gorder rented the bottom floor of the Jenkins Building on Honesdale’s Main Street in 1936 and placed an ad in the Wayne Independent saying he would buy anyone’s used furniture—“a single piece, an attic full or a house full.”
To celebrate our 80-year milestone, we’re awarding an $80 gift certificate every month in 2016 through a Facebook contest. Participants must “like” our page to earn a chance to win by correctly identifying various aspects of a photo we will post monthly on our Facebook page.
Check out our February winner as selected by our own Scott Mosher!
Decades before social media came into existence, Ralph Van Gorder began building a customer base the old fashioned way. Reflecting on Ralph’s business acumen, his son Don Van Gorder wrote, “I have always heard that the Dutch were avid merchants, so Dad evidently came into his calling naturally.”
It wasn’t long before Ralph realized the need to expand, and purchased a sprawling four-floor historic landmark in Honesdale, which we still use today. Originally the National Hotel, it has stood at the corner of Church and Sixth Streets since 1865.
Although the business survived the devastating flood of 1942, some artifacts, like its first ledger, are permanently stained with flood mud. The ledger reveals that the first customer bought a “Wash Boiler” for $1.00, to be paid within two weeks. The next was a “battery radio with speaker,” at a cost of $2.50—“to be worked out.”
Growing and Changing with the Times
As the business continued to grow, Don opened a modern second showroom on Route 6 at beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack, PA in 1978. His son Scott joined the business and brought a distinct focus on lodge- and Adirondack-style furnishings that reflect the natural beauty of the Pocono Mountains, Catskills and Delaware River Highlands.
Scott’s three sons Derek, Dylan and Max have since entered the business, and in October 2014 Van Gorders’ Furniture expanded into its third showroom in Milford, PA. “We have staying power, a unique product mix, and an honest approach to business,” explains Scott. Grandsons Greg and Jackson are already involved in sustaining the family reputation as a longtime community business with their winning personalities.
Another factor contributing to our 80-year success story is our caring and knowledgeable professional staff—some of whom have been with us for more than 35 years—who provide excellent and dependable service to devoted customers. As in the early days, every team member is dedicated to providing an enjoyable and relaxing shopping adventure, which means being helpful without being pushy.
Today, Van Gorders’ Furniture is proud to serve the Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey regions as the fifth generation of Van Gorders learns the art and craft of a multi-generational family business.